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Panagiotis Andreou: The World In A Bass

Read "Panagiotis Andreou: The World In A Bass" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

My first encounter with Panagiotis Andreou was while covering a bass workshop that included him along with the likes of Richard Bona (Zawinul Syndicate, Mike Stern), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Dwayne “Mono Neon" Thomas (Prince, Ghost Note) and Wes Stephenson (The Funky Knuckles). All of these players seemed humbled by each other's presence during the opening conversational part of the workshop. Even if they didn't know all of the names, those in attendance understood why. This group represented a unique ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Ryan Porter: Force For Good

Read "Force For Good" reviewed by Chris May

The Los Angeles jazz scene clustered around the community of session musicians known as the West Coast Get Down (WCGD), and its most prominent member (and now ex-session musician), Kamasi Washington, is a US equivalent of London's underground jazz scene. Both exist in parallel universes to the jazz establishment, both are culturally inclusive though peopled mainly by musicians of African heritage, both are informed by and sometimes explicitly address social issues, and both are extending jazz's reach by incorporating other ...

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Gong at the Assembly Rooms Islington

Read "Gong at the Assembly Rooms Islington" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Gong, supporting Steve Hillage Assembly Rooms Islington London, UK November 16, 2019 We all know that it's never literally the same river twice, but with a band it's a little more complicated. A name can mean everything when it comes to sales and marketing, so even when the band in question is not heading the concert bill the expectations are complex, reality rather baffling. The original Australian founder, now four ...

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Nils Wogram Nostalgia: Things We Like to Hear

Read "Things We Like to Hear" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Things We Like To Hear, trombonist Nils Wogram and his bassless trio Nostalgia explore a kind of Miles Davis cool to hot fusion. Wogram provides an expressive center to the outing, his playing running from bluesy drawls to punchy explosiveness while focused on the themes and range of rhythms found in the compositions. Nothing quite stretches the playing on the album as much as “Rich People In a Bad Mood." Wogram puts a bit of bite into ...

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The Doggy Cats: Daikon Pizza

Read "Daikon Pizza" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Daikon Pizza from pianist Tetsuro Hoshi and The Doggy Cats may never be anyone's idea of essential listening or on anyone's best-of list of desert island must-haves. It might not even sell north, south, east or west of Sunny's Bar, the band's main performance space, in Red Hook, Brooklyn. For jazz-phobic pet lovers and the two legged people who love them, Daikon Pizza is one hell of a party that will chase away whatever blues are nagging at ...

RADIO

Eric Alexander, Tristano and Nat Cole Centennials & Ellingtonia

Read "Eric Alexander, Tristano and Nat Cole Centennials & Ellingtonia" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander appeared in Baton Rouge Tuesday, November 19th @ the Manship Theatre, downtown Baton Rouge. So we warmed you up for his visit with his trio and quartet work, as well as a sideman with Mike LeDonne on the B-3 and pianist Junior Mance (knee deep in the blues). There's also our last centennial feature for Lennie Tristano with Lee Konitz from 1949, a bit of Ellingtonia (new Bill Frisell and Rodney Whitaker as well as Duke ...

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Jamey Arent: The Back Burner

Read "The Back Burner" reviewed by Paul Naser

The name of Los Angeles based guitarist/singer/songwriter Jamey Arent's debut EP may be inspired by his years a sideman supporting the likes of Frankie Valli and Matthew Morrison and contributing to network television and Netflix soundtracks -or maybe it's in reference to burning playing atop laid back grooves. In any case, don't put The Back Burner (Self Released, 2019) on the back burner; it belongs at the top of your listening pile, whether you're into jazz, rock, blues, soul, funk ...


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